Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cooking Carrot Soup with Power Tools!

I believe power tool projects are cheaper than therapy.

Lisa Nelsen-Woods Condo Blues
Some of you tell me your fear of chopping off a body part is why you do not try using tools, you have a husband/son/brother/father to do it for you, or the garage is a foreign land because it is dirtier and unheated unlike your kitchen. I can totally relate. I’d rather spend more time in my heated kitchen than my unheated garage during the winter too.

Although I have secretly grabbed and sterilized a power tool from the garage to help me with a cooking project.

True confessions time. When I bake and puree fall pumpkins (read how on my food blog Lazy Budget Chef here) the rind is so hard to cut I usually grab my rotary tool from the garage and use it to cut the pumpkin in half. It was my dirty little secret until now because every cook I know can cut a pumpkin in half with a standard chef’s knife. I had a case of Really Stupid Lazy Budget Chef over it.

I also didn’t think it will know how well it would go over that I use a tool blade on the pumpkin I’m eventually going to feed people even though I sterilize it first. I have a cutting bit I use for pumpkin and only pumpkin.

Then I get a newsletter with a link to a YouTube video that makes using power tools for cooking completely OK. The heavens open and the Blue Fairy taps me on the forehead with her magic wand and my shame turns to validation.  

Condo Blues Cooking with Craftsman Tweet

Roasted Carrot Soup Recipe






Yes, I know Craftsman really made this video to sell their tools for DIYing and not for cooking. Craftsman didn’t ask me to promote it on my blog; I got the link from the Craftsman Customer Newsletter anyone can get. I am posting it for a couple of reasons:

  • I’ve been looking for a good carrot soup recipe since a dear friend brought us soup made with Blitzkrieg’s favorite treat after he passed away (read the story on Lazy Budget Chef here.)
My friend's carrot curry soup

  • I appreciate Craftsman’s sense of humor when it comes to promoting some of the tools I buy and have in my garage. I might use the reciprocating saw as pumpkin cutter argument to convince Husband I should stop checking out the reciprocating saw from the Tool Lending Library for projects. Think it will work?

  • When I find someone who makes a fun video that can help me with my mission of encouraging women to stop making Honey Do lists and start making Do It Yourself Honey!  lists it makes me happy!

Do you use power tools? If not what is stopping you?

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